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By JOHN C. COTEY
Published June 4, 2004

[Times photo: Bill Serne]
Calgary's Marcus Nilson and Stephane Yelle celebrate the Flames' Game 5 victory.
Main story
Gary Shelton: Only number that counts is 1
John Romano: Turnover might define season
Game 5: period by period
Goalie comparison
He won't be handcuffed
In the beginning, there they were
Mix-and-match theory clicked
Shenanigans, not skill, dominating this final
Slapshots
Sound bites
Teammates defend Khabibulin - off the ice
Three stars of the game
ThunderBug has us all abuzz
Stanley Cup tickets at $200 were just too good to be true
Some are immune to Lightning fever
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STANLEY CUP FINALS AT A GLANCE:
Click on each score for the main story from each game
Best-of-7
(Lightning wins series 4-3)
Tuesday [5/25]: Calgary 4, Tampa Bay 1
Thursday [5/27]: Tampa Bay 4, Calgary 1
Saturday [5/29]: Calgary 3, Tampa Bay 0
Monday [5/31]: Tampa Bay 1, Calgary 0

Thoughts and observations on Thursday's ABC telecast of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final:

THE VERDICT: It was fairly unanimous from both the announcers and the intermission crew: This was the best game of the final, so far.

"This is what we expected to see," analyst Bill Clement said after a wide-open sequence in the third period.

TOUGH ENOUGH: Clement on Darryl Sydor after he blocked consecutive shots: "He's got a sore leg, sore neck, sore back. . . . He's just a hockey player in the finals."

Sydor struggled to get off the ice, but returned a short time later as play-by-play announcer Gary Thorne said almost breathlessly: "There's Sydor. . . . He didn't miss a shift."

CREDIT REPORT: Toni Lydman seemed to get too much credit for being so "smart" after Martin Gelinas redirected his shot in for a 1-0 Calgary lead. Even Clement had to admit a few seconds later that Lydman's wrist shot was at least 3 feet wide of the net. Super job by Gelinas, though.

MOUNT TORTS: Analyst John Davidson said that Lightning coach John Tortorella "is like a volcano starting to spew a little ash" during a frustrating first period.

FREE PASS: The announcers let Fredrik Modin off the hook after he missed a near-empty net off a great pass by Martin St. Louis in the first period. Modin shot the puck right at Calgary goalie Miikk a Kiprusoff, who was given credit for a great save by the announcers.

But they also went easy on St. Louis, whose errant pass-out to no one was picked up by Jarome Iginla and seconds later fired past Nikolai Khabibulin for a 2-1 Flames lead.

THANKS, NIK: Davidson made it clear what he would do after the first period: "If I were the Tampa Bay players, I'd go over to Nikolai Khabibulin and say, thank you, because they were getting blasted."

SMILE, PLEASE: "You want to see one happy man?" reporter Sam Ryan asked. The ABC cameras then showed stone-faced Lightning owner Bill Davidson, whose Pistons are playing for an NBA title. So, when do we get to see the happy man she promised?

[Last modified June 4, 2004, 01:00:14]

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  • Goalie comparison
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